Castle Pecka

Do you long for a romantic trip into Czech history? Walk through the gate of the ruins of the Pecka castle and enter ancient times. Above the town of Pecka, on a rocky outcrop, rises the ruins of a castle, attractive not only for its history, but also for the legends associated with it. Pecka Castle dates from the 14th century. It was named after the mountain on which it was built, after the castle the town was named. The original stone castle was built to protect the country's border and nearby gold mines. Today, various performances, conferences and wedding ceremonies take place here. From the castle you can see the beautiful ridges of the Giant Mountains and the surrounding castles Bradlec and Kumburk.

Information for visitors

Adress: Pecka 1, Pecka
GPS: 50.47899190, 15.60444690
Castle Pecka map

Interesting facts Castle Pecka

Kryštof Harant was the most famous owner of the castle
Although the castle fell into disrepair for a long time and burned down and the masonry was dismantled, the village of Pecka deserved to save it. Part of the castle was repaired from state and municipal funds and serves the public. You can see seven rooms, a torture chamber, a medieval black kitchen and a cellar. In some rooms you will get acquainted with the history of the castle, others are dedicated to the most famous owner - Kryštof Harant from Polžice and Bezdružice. One of the Czech lords, executed in 1621 on the Old Town Square in Prague, was also a well-known traveler and author of travelogues and a composer. In other rooms you can see what the simple everyday life of the people in Podkrkonoší looked like.

From the castle to the Renaissance chateau
The first mention of Pecka Castle comes from the middle of the 14th century. The name Pecka is also the family name of the first owners. In the later period, the castle changed owners several times and during the Hussite wars it was besieged. The castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance chateau, the last modifications were made by Kryštof Harant from Polžice and Bezdružice. After his execution, the chateau became the property of the Wallensteins and began to decay. A great fire in 1830 completed the work of destruction. In 1921, the castle was owned by the village of Pecka, thanks to which you can now visit at least the renovated Harant Palace.

Legends about the origin of Pecka Castle
Do you like mysteries? Then you came to the right place. In addition to the legend of the ghost of a large black dog with chained legs, which moves around the castle at night, there is also a legend about the origin of the castle. The local cottager helped the ghost, who promised to magnify the first three things he touched a hundredfold. However, the cottager unknowingly touched the cherry stone, threw away his bone and sat on a stump - and thus the castles of Pecka, Kost and Pařez were built. In these castles you can listen to other variations of this legend.

Author: Helena Syslová